If you have obtained abortion pills from sources other than Women on Web or Women Help Women, you will need to take extra precautions. This is because you have probably not been given complete information on how to use them and what to expect, and you have probably not been asked questions to ensure whether the pills are safe for you to use.
Identify the pills
The first thing you should do is identify what type of pills you have. The most commonly used abortion pills are Mifepristone and Misoprostol and these are usually supplied in a combipack like the ones shown below.
Sometimes, Misoprostol is supplied on its own. This is because Misoprostol is also widely used for the treatment of stomach ulcers and is therefore more easily accessible than combipacks. Misoprostol usually comes in 10-pill blister strips like the one below.
Check the expiry date
If you use expired medicine, it may not work properly and the pregnancy could continue. Check whether the medication supplied to you has an expiry date. If you can only see a date of manufacture, the expiry date is usually two years from manufacture.
Check that you can use abortion pills
Most women can use abortion pills at home , provided they are still within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, some medical conditions can make abortion pills unsafe. These include:
- Allergies to misoprostol or mifepristone
- Allergies to prostaglandins
- Chronic adrenal failure
- Haemorrhagic disorder
- Inherited porphyria
Know the correct procedure
It is important to use abortion pills correctly. The procedure varies depending on whether you have both Mifepristone and Misoprostol, or you only have Misoprostol. Instructions on how abortion pills are used can be found on this page: https://www.fpas.mt/abortion-with-pills